Teachers work to be aware of the changes infants are going through physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially and then facilitate appropriate activities and experiences based upon this knowledge.
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
As children and parents arrive, a staff person greets them. A daily health check is conducted upon arrival. The parent is asked to record when the child’s last feeding was, when the child woke, how the child slept during the night, who is picking up, and when that pickup will take place. This information aids the staff in their care of the child during their day at the Center. A variety of materials and activities are offered at this time.
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
The group divides into their individual classrooms. Breakfast is offered as needed. Diapers are checked and changed as infants finish eating. In the summer months, sunscreen is applied to infants who will explore activities outdoors.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Teachers provide an environment with developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. The infants continue to explore the environment at their own level of ability. When the weather permits we take the infants outside. The younger infants often take their first nap of the day at this time. Teaching staff in each room coordinate curriculum and outings whenever possible so that infants in both classrooms may participate and explore.
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch time– As the infants approach their first year, they begin to eat table food, drink from a sippy cup, and sit in high chairs. From early on, infants enjoy taking an active part in feeding. Positive social interaction between children and staff is as much a part of the mealtime process as the nourishment from food.
This is also a transition from lunch to nap time for some of the infants. Activities during this time include singing or reading books as infants are diapered and helped to drink bottles as they prepare for sleep. Infants are held and usually rocked as they drink. Infants also enjoy rides around the hallway, through the courtyard, or to the Multi-Purpose Room in our four-seat stroller. Diapers are checked and changed as needed.
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
As older infants nap during this part of the day, the younger infants get a chance to explore a less-populated classroom and have more time for one-on-one interactions with the staff. Diapers are checked and changed as needed.
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Children are offered an afternoon snack at this time with a setting similar to lunchtime. Diapers are checked and changed as needed.
3:15 PM – 5:30 PM
Younger infants often nap for the second time at the end of the day. Older infants are provided with materials that enable them to further their exploration. They enjoy close one-on-one interactions with the staff. Children may also have a stroller ride outside (weather permitting) during this time or in the hallway.
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
The two infant groups will be rejoined during the last hour of the day as parents arrive for their children. Information and health conditions will be communicated to the parent regarding eating, sleeping, and activities to inform the family about their child’s day at the Center. Teachers work with parents to make the transition from home to the Center and from the Center to home as comfortable for the family as possible.